This course will help teachers new to delivering design and technology to develop their knowledge and understanding of crucial D&T concepts. They will learn about teaching strategies that enable pupils to act creatively, take ownership of their work and avoid stereotypical responses. They will also learn how to effectively teach essential subject knowledge, including the use of systems and electronics. Delegates will leave with a wide range of strategies, ideas and resources which can be used to help students to achieve successful outcomes.


  • Understand what successful D&T looks like in the classroom.
  • Receive a range of strategies and ideas to enable students to make real design choices and think creatively.
  • Receive strategies to teach technical knowledge, including systems and numeracy within the subject.
  • Take away a range of resources that can be used straight away in the classroom.
DATE & LOCATION Online | Monday 07 June 2021
  • Non-specialist teachers with a new D/T secondment
  • New Teachers of D/T
  • NQTs
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

10.00 – 10.30am
What is D&T today?

  • Subject identity – what is D&T?
  • The big picture – the situation nationally
  • Opportunities presented by the KS3 curriculum and new GCSE specification

10.30 – 11.30am
Teaching D&T Creatively

  • Main elements of D&T success
  • Use of strategies that enable students to make real design choices and take ownership of their work
  • Use of closed, semi-open and open design briefs
  • Using design strategies to avoid stereotypical responses and encourage creative thinking

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Teaching technical knowledge

  • The importance of a coherent subject knowledge base for the subject
  • Teaching systems and electronics
  • Use of technical drawings
  • Integrating numeracy into D&T lessons
  • Use of starters, plenaries and homework tasks to reinforce knowledge

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.00pm
Demonstrating and measuring progress

  • Building appropriate challenge at KS3 to ensure progression to KS4 and beyond
  • Baselining pupils
  • Tracking and assessing progress effectively
  • Identifying and supporting underperforming pupils, implementing intervention strategies
  • Use of AfL strategies and self/peer assessment to develop independent learning

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Plenary and questions

  • Final thoughts, review of learning and next steps – what are you going to do differently when you go back to school?
  • Additional supporting resources
  • Questions

David Hills-Taylor

David is a freelance educational consultant, author and co-founder/director of D&T based resource development company Attainment in Education. A former SSAT Lead Practitioner, he has twelve years teaching and leadership experience in D&T, including roles as faculty KS3 and KS4 manager and lead mentor for PGCE students. He has significant examining experience working across several different awarding bodies and has co-written several D&T textbooks and revision guides. He is a former winner of the D&T Association IET Digital D&T award.